Youth Academy with CPD officers

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be police officer or a firefighter?  The Columbus Police and Fire Youth Academy gives students between the ages of eight to thirteen the opportunity to spend four days in an educational setting with our public safety personnel.

During this time, the students will participate in a number of “hands on” activities including obstacle courses, physical fitness exercises, defensive tactics, fire safety and fire prevention.

Fire trucks will be on hand for the students to inspect and learn more about.  Students will have a chance to talk with members of the CPD SWAT Team, Hostage Negotiators, Swift Water Rescue, Bomb Team and much more.  In addition, police dogs will also be on hand for a demonstration.  The academy will conclude with a graduation ceremony that family and friends are encouraged to attend.

Lunch and academy t-shirts are provided to all students at no charge thanks to our generous sponsors and runs from 8:00am-3:00pm, daily.  The academy is limited to twenty five students in each class, with a minimum of 12 students for the class to run.  Preference will be given to Bartholomew County residents who have never attended the academy before.

Our 2024 course dates will be posted in the near future.

Youth Academy Waiver